Thanks to the delta variant, the pandemic is still a going and growing concern. The new normal has not been defined, and the old normal is nowhere to be seen. Nothing about business is usual. Many business owners are throwing their hands up in defeat, fecklessly meandering through the day, just waiting for the next blow to fall. When down is up and up is sideways, gaining one’s balance is next to impossible. At some point, you stop making plans because life just laughs at your plans before running them over with a Hummer. Your boundless dream of running your own business has turned into a hopeless nightmare. You are far from alone.
That said, you have to snap out of it and do the thing that tough people do when the going gets tough. You cannot throw out the rule book just because life refuses to conform. Sure, business has to change or die. But it also has to stay the same in some vital ways.Requiring vaccines from workers to end the pandemic might be an unpleasant necessity that gets you sued. It is an unfortunate reality. You are going to have to learn a few new tricks. But that has always been true of business. You have always had to leverage new knowledge to maintain success. Learning new things is an old idea. Here are a few old ideas that you cannot abandon if you want to maintain success:
Desperation has pushed some employees to drop the ball when it comes to screening new employees. This is especially true in the medical field. If you are turning over every stone to staff your practice, you can’t afford to take shortcuts when it comes to a proper background check for employment. You need every nurse you can get. But not every nurse left their previous job on the best of terms. You can’t survive without skilled medical billers and transcribers. The person at your front desk can be the difference between success and failure. Patients will not make return visits if they are not treated well.
Desperation has pushed some employees to drop the ball when it comes to screening new employees.
There is a good chance many interviewees will be coming from retail. This will be a mixed bag. You cannot rely on your gut to inform you of which ones will be a good fit for the work you have on offer. If handling cash or sensitive customer information is involved, you simply cannot assign those tasks to people who have not been properly vetted. Skipping this step during a time such as this is entrepreneurial malpractice. When it comes to employee screening, make it business as usual.
Workplace safety has been hit or miss for quite a while. We can do better. We must do better. Just consider thetop 10 safety violations as reported by OSHA. The unacceptable thing is that business keeps making the same mistakes with regard to safety every year. While moving your business forward, you have to recognize that the dangers of the past remain the same. You have to stay vigilant. You have to comply with the regulations because they address hazards that do not change over time. The business of safety cannot be neglected because times are tough. You cannot afford to have the mentality of reopening at any cost, the safety of your workforce is not a bargaining chip to be traded for convenience.
A Business Plan
Some people treat business plans as if they were a one and done proposition. They are not. You needed one at the start of your business. And that plan needs to be revisited and reevaluated to be sure it is still relevant for the changing times. These definitely qualify as changing times. Before moving forward with your reopening plans, you need to prepare a new business plan that covers the new realities of doing business in the modern age. You can’t just pick up where you left off as if nothing has changed. But change is not new. If you are not already in the habit of rewriting your business plan every few years, now is a good time to start.
Doing business as usual does not mean making the same mistakes as before. It means renewing your commitment to employee screening, workplace safety, and a revitalized business plan.
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